BLADENSBURG, Md. (WNEW) — It’s a big week for American history buffs in the area—who are commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British advance on Washington during the War of 1812.

“The British army was more disciplined so the battle did not go well for the Americans,” says Michael Bosworth, a re-enactor playing a commander of the British fleet.

It cleared the way for the British to go on an burn the White House. Eventually, they would make their way to try and burn Baltimore, but would be held off by some of the same American troops under the direction of a different general.

Hundreds of people braved the rain to travel back in time at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park.

“You do feel almost transported back in the past,” Bosworth says.

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WNEW’s Violet Ikonomova contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.


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